Knowing what to look for in your skincare can be pretty difficult… and it takes a lot of trial and error until you find the best products that work for you. And when you think about it, the skin is our largest organ, and it’s just as complex as the rest.
Your skin requires quite a few ingredients if you want it to thrive, which regardless of skin type or age, includes skin-replenishing ingredients, skin-restoring ingredients, and antioxidants. So, as you prepare for your Sunday TLC session, I’d like to help you out, by conveniently listing the 6 key ingredients to help you achieve (and maintain) that glow.
Nowadays a very common skin care ingredient, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to counteract and protect against radical damage, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also aid in brightening brown spots, acne scars, and mild sun damage.
However, Vitamin C is sensitive to light, so make sure to buy related products that come in opaque, unventilated packaging, and keep in mind that its concentrations vary (thus its effects and side effects too).
Protecting yourself from the sun, especially in Malta, is crucial in order to prevent the appearance of aging on your skin – in Summer AND in Winter. Besides protecting you from harmful UV rays, SPF helps prevent wrinkles, dullness, uneven pigmentation, and an overall loss of firmness in the skin.
A naturally occurring form of Vitamin A, Retinol is very powerful as an anti-aging agent. It promotes skin cell turnover, thus enabling the skin to produce new and healthy cells, which restore the skin. Retinol also helps to tackle dark spots, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The RIGHT kinds of Acids
Looking for the right types of acids in your skincare can be extremely beneficial. Several different acids help to replenish the skin, not to mention fortify, and revive it, and can be super hydrating.
These include acids such as hyaluronic acid (which is naturally found in our skins to maintain hydration in cells, but it decreases as we age), amino acids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid (which is great for clearing out pores). Including such acids (and many others) in your skincare regimen will overall help to maintain a smooth, plump surface to the skin.
Due to its exceptional antioxidant properties, Vitamin E is known as the repairing vitamin that protects the skin. It’s useful when it comes to anti-aging and to also help keep the skin hydrated. Vitamin E may also be beneficial at reducing any sun damage, which is why we need plenty of it!
Another phenomenal ingredient is Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, which regulates the skin barrier, keeping the skin protected and nourished – which in return, helps to naturally reduce pore size. It also reduces inflammation, thus can help with redness from acne, eczema, and other pigmentation issues. Niacinamide is powerful in anti-aging too, as it is known to improve the overall elasticity of the skin.